Learning the Important Adaptive Leadership Skills: Education for Innovation & Creativity

It seems like the perfect storm has been approaching in regards to creativity & innovation education. Two major articles have hit the news. The first is a Fast Company article about an IBM study that identified creativity as the most important leadership skill for the future, a skill we need to cultivate in a wide…

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How to Stimulate Innovative Thinking in your Organization to Sustain your Innovation Pipeline for Growth

Authored by Darin J. Eich, Ph.D. If growth is a top priority, innovative thinking skills should be encouraged and developed at all levels of an organization. Sure, there should be a great emphasis on external or open innovation and many of innovative ideas can come from your customers or other subject matter experts. Nonetheless, it…

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Online Leadership Training Workshop: Strategies & techniques for memorably communicating your ideas and concepts

Online Leadership Training Workshop: Strategies & techniques for memorably communicating your ideas and concepts Do you have problems of your new ideas, concepts, and innovations not taking off internally in your organization or externally to your stakeholders and clients? Could it be a problem of communication? Did people learn, understand, and get engaged with your…

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Utilizing the Labyrinth for innovation and convergent thinking in the Conceptual Age

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph.D. A labyrinth is a reflective tool, a moving meditation if you will. It is a patterned path that you walk. While you walk, you think. You think very clearly. You gain insights. You think through things better. This is my experience walking labyrinths and utilizing them for my own personal…

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Owl Analysis: A Metaphor for a first round of analyzing ideas for innovation

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph. D., President, BrainReactions LLC The increasing emphasis on the need to innovate is leading organizations and individuals to collect more ideas to start down the innovation pipeline. The increase of brainstorming sessions, idea submissions, and contests to fuel ideas for innovation are leaving individuals with significant lists of ideas. Many…

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Help others Hear and See your Innovative New Concepts

Authored by Dr. Darin Eich I like this “cone of learning” visual. I understand and remember it more because it is something I see instead of just read. It is visual. This has relevance for innovators when they are trying to advance their creations by communicating them to others. When we are communicating our concepts…

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Use short online surveys to gain direction and validation from your stakeholders before generating new ideas

Authored by Dr. Darin Eich, Ph.D., President of BrainReactions LLC We are about to innovate. Is there anything missing or something we hadn’t thought of? What direction should we move in? How do we gain quick insight and validation to decide which questions we want to generate ideas on when innovating for new products or…

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Developing employees to share in a culture of innovation: Insights from leadership program research

Authored By Darin J. Eich, Ph.D. We hear from many organizations that they desire a positive culture of innovation within their organizations that relies on the collaboration, contribution, and shared leadership of all employees. At BrainReactions, we have created a program to achieve positive outcomes in this area. During the final three years I worked…

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Forty Tips for Better Online Brainstorming

Authored By Darin Eich, Ph.D. In the true spirit of online brainstorming, I created a brainstorm on BrainReactions.net and used it as a tool to write this article. I keep the article format as an organized list of tips. You can view the original brainstorm process I used at http://www.brainreactions.net/brainstorms/1556 and even suggest your own…

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Unleash the Creativity and Effectiveness of Electronic Ideation in an Online Brainstorm

Authored By Darin Eich Ph.D. Electronic ideation — coming up with multiple ideas using a computer and software or web application — offers a powerful new tool to innovators. With Web 2.0 internet technology available, a form of electronic ideation known as online brainstorming is also emerging as a “front end of innovation” tool for…

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Insights and themes about Fortune 500 company innovation from the 2008 Open Innovation Conference

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph.D., President of BrainReactions I attended this conference as a media partner from BrainReactions and OpenInnovators.net and set out to identify some overarching themes about the current state of open innovation for large organizations. “Advance innovative ideas through partner collaboration and co-development” was the theme of this 2008 Marcus Evans conference.…

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Beyond a contest for the “best idea”: A case of crowdsourcing through a brainstorming competition

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph. D., President, BrainReactions LLC Open innovation is valuable because it can harness the perspectives, needs, and ideas of a large amount of individuals, whether they be current consumers of a product or potential users of a website. In order to innovate based on the perspectives of many people, a shift…

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100 Tips for Improving Your Creativity: Top ideas from 15 different brainstormers

Authored by Dr. Darin Eich, Ph.D., President of BrainReactions LLC A BrainReactions.net brainstorm launched by UKJohn (John Tunney) on “100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity” achieved its stated goal. It generated 100 ideas from 26 different brainstormers. The description of this brainstorm was: “I thought it would be interesting to ask BR Tool users for…

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A simple system for starting innovation: How to make the front end of innovation less fuzzy & more practical

Authored by Darin Eich, Ph.D., President of BrainReactions LLC http://brainreactions.com Innovation is creativity with a purpose. It is not only creating new ideas but doing so with a specific intention in mind and with plans to actually launch the developed and realized ideas into the world. There are elements of both creation and action. Innovation…

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Innovating Your Professional Life

Innovating Your Professional Life Authored by Darin Eich, Ph.D., President of BrainReactions LLC for InnovateYourself & the Brainwaves E-magazine http://brainreactions.com Sometimes we assess our professional lives and realize that we have just been operating a metaphorical machine for an extended period of time. This machine may not even be a real machine but what we…

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